Canva

Looking for a free online poster/graphic maker?  Canva.com is brilliant!  Empowering the world to design is their motto, and they do just that.  There are templates for just about all of your design needs.  Here are a couple of examples.

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I took the one above and created this poster to assist my folks with WIFI issues.  I posted this to twitter and on our student links page.   In addition to downloading the graphic, you can export as a link, and embed code.   This WEB2OOL also allows you to add collaborators and complete a project together.  You can also sign in with your BV Google account, one less password to remember!

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o365: How to Find Synced OneDrive Files on a Mac

Now that you have synced your OneDrive files on your MAC, you may be wondering how to find them.  Once it is fully synced, you will find the OneDrive icon in the upper right part of your screen, just as you see in this image.

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I have a large OneDrive Library, so mine took quite a bit of time to fully sync.  Additionally, this icon did not show up immediately.  I shut my MAC down after giving it several hours to sync and the next morning, it was there.  Now it syncs brilliantly on my many devices (phone, surface pro, iPad and my PC laptop).  #DeviceHarmony

If you have not synced it yet, here are those directions: sync-onedrive-for-business-as-local-drive-on-a-mac

Happy OneDriving!

Google Drive: Word Cloud Generator Add-On

I love the add-ons in Google Drive, a lot.  I want to show you a special add-AddOn_WordCloudGenerator Exampleon that I use a lot that will generate a word cloud of the document.  This can be a powerful writing tool for your students to see what words they are using a lot.  Our students often are not aware of what words they use a lot.  Plus, it is really easy to like this 2ool, a lot!

See this image below that will explain how to load and use Word Cloud Generator!AddOn_WordCloudGenerator

 

RefME

Scan your book or journal barcodes to easily acquire and generate references in seconds using your phone’s camera.  You can reference any source: books, articles, webpages, videos, newspaper, legislation, artwork and more!  It includes over 7,500 reference styles (who knew there were that many to begin with), including APA and MLA.   BV folks, you can sign in with your Google email so you won’t have yet another username and password to remember.   See my instructional video to see just how easy this is.

MAC Snipping Tool

The MAC OS has a couple of shortcuts that mimic the Windows Snipping Tool, but not completely.  Watch this tutorial to learn how to add a Snipping Tool that is super easy to use and has the same flexibility that you see in the Windows environment.  You can copy/paste directly into your into Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and more.  It offers some simplistic annotative features as well that are better than the Windows Snipping tool!  AGAIN: they say a picture is worth a thousand words… so snip it and send it! Another option:  command + control + shift + 4 (if you have long enough fingers, do not want to annotate your image and can remember all of those keys).